Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight




Dr. Alma Ljaljevic –Tucakovic (Dr. Alma), Associate Professor at University of Louisville School of Dentistry, was born and raised in the beautiful Olympic city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she attended the University of Sarajevo but was forced to leave Sarajevo in 1996 due to the War in Bosnia. She came to the USA as a refugee of war, settled in Louisville, KY., and began working in a General Dental Practice located on Louisville’s South End. Knowing that she wanted to practice Dentistry, Dr. Alma” began working as an EDDA full time for two years and then four years part-time while attending the University of Louisville School of Dentistry (ULSD).

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from ULSD in 2002.  Her completion of the ULSD program has allowed her to practice in the United States without restriction.   Dr. Ljaljevic joined “Pierce & Mitchell, PSC”, as an associate, the same practice that initially employed her as an EDDA.

In January of 2009, after seven years in private practice, Dr. Ljaljevic returned to her alma mater as an Assistant Professor where she discovered a new love for teaching. She was not only involved in pre-clinical courses but taught in the dental clinics as well.  In 2014, Dr. Alma submitted her portfolio for promotion to Associate Professor whereby it was granted. 

Currently, she is a Team Leader in one of the integrated D3/D4 comprehensive clinical teams. This role not only carries with it the important responsibility of clinically educating the students but allows her to better know the students on a very personal level. There is nothing she enjoys more than seeing her students grow professionally as clinicians and walk across the graduation stage into the new chapters of their lives.  Dr. Ljaljevic has been and continues to be extremely honored to be given the duty of “Hooding” which symbolizing the official passage from student to doctor.

Dr. Ljaljevic is currently active in her private practice with University of Louisville Dental Associates. At ULSD, she is Course Director for the "Introduction to Dentistry" Workshop and co-director for Integrated Sciences I & II with Dr. Gay Baughman. She also is active on several committees including Admissions, Student Progress and Promotion Clinical Subcommittee, Clinic Operations and Patient Care and Campus Climate Committee.

Dr. Ljaljevic is a member of the Delphi Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon ,Phi Kappa Phi and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). In 2010, she was awarded an honorary title, "University of Sarajevo Ambassador" in 2010.

Dr. Alma has been happily married for twelve years and has two sons, Emir (10) and Amar (7), who are her biggest pride and joy,

Congratulations Dr. Alma Ljaljevic-Tucakovic!